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Author Andrews, Kenneth R.

Title Trade, plunder, and settlement : maritime enterprise and the genesis of the British Empire, 1480-1630 / Kenneth R. Andrews.

Imprint Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  382.0942 An26t 1984    ---  Lib Use Only
Description ix, 394 pages : maps ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-377) and index.
Contents 1. Early ventures 1480-1550 -- 2. The northeast -- 3. From Muscovy to Persia -- 4. The Levant -- 5. Western Africa -- 6. The Caribbean -- 7. Beyond the equinoctial -- 8. Northwest with Frobisher and Davis -- 9. Gilbert's ventures -- 10. Roanoke -- 11. The sea-war 1585-1603 -- 12. The East India Company -- 13. The West Indies 1585-1630 -- 14. North America 1591-1630 -- 15. North and Northwest 1602-32 -- 16. Reflections -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary Not since 1945 has a general account of the origins of the British Empire been published, as if the demise of the empire freed us from our imperial past and historians from any obligation to digest it. Of course, it has done nothing of the kind, but it does enable the historian today to approach that past in a more critical spirit and to attempt a deeper and more detached analysis than could have been expected a generation ago. The purpose of this work is therefore not merely to recount but to explain the course of English overseas expansion and the beginning of the overseas empire; a prolonged pregnancy, culminating in a difficult birth and sickly infancy. The introductory essay discusses the forces and motives involved in the expansion movement, which is seen as being part of a wider European movement and derivative in many ways from it. The author considers the attitude and conduct of the Tudors and early Stuarts towards this fundamentally commercial movement and examines the nature and importance of sea power, the contribution of different social groups, and the relevance of religious and economic ideals as well as nationalistic sentiment. These various themes are taken up again in the narrative chapters which follow, dealing with the enterprises of exploration, trade, plunder and colonisation successively through from the early Bristol quest for Brasil to the diverse ventures of the 1620s.
Subject Great Britain -- Commerce -- History.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- History -- 16th century.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- History -- 17th century.
Colonial companies.
Great Britain -- History -- 1485-
British colonies. (OCoLC)fst01910374
Colonial companies. (OCoLC)fst00868450
Commerce. (OCoLC)fst00869279
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Chronological Term Since 1485
Indexed Term English maritime exploration, 1480-1630
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 0521257603
0521276985 (pbk.)
9780521276986 (pbk.)

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